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What Trees Say About Neighborhood Health And Equity

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Poor air equality in Denver, most recently brought about by drifting smoke from wildfires all over the West, obscures the mountains as seen from City Park Golf Course on Wednesday, July 14, 2021.

Money might not grow on trees. But “trees grow on money,” says Chris David. He’s with the nonprofit American Forests and helped create a new “Tree Equity Score.” The online tool assesses communities on their canopies-- down to the neighborhood. Metro Denver’s in there. Grand Junction. Colorado Springs. Pueblo. And how verdant a place is-- is related to health, crime, and wealth. Chris David says U.S. cities are about half a billion trees short.